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Picture this, working parents: a daycare center, right in the same building as your job. For most, it’s far-fetched. But Kirsten Gillibrand, the U.S. senator from New York, wants to change that. She’s introduced a bill to increase tax breaks for businesses that build onsite child care.

Having child care at work could make a big difference for parents like Stephanie Walsh. Walsh has barely left the house in over a week. She used to go to work every morning, as an accountant at a Southern Tier construction company. But then she had her son Jacob.

  The Onondaga Nation has turned down a recent federal housing grant, as it typically does.

"They do accept outside laws and they do not accept outside funding from either the state or federal government," Joe Heath, the Onondaga Nation's attorney, told WRVO.

Southern Tier REDC hammers out details of $500M competition

Mar 10, 2015

Leaders from across the region are working out details of how to solicit economic development ideas to win state funding. The Southern Tier Economic Development Council is competing against six other upstate regions to receive $500 million. That amount was promised to three winners by Governor Andrew Cuomo in January.

The idea of the program is largely based on an investment the state made in Buffalo over the last couple of years – the “Buffalo Billion.” In that plan, state money funded a high-tech manufacturing hub and a bio-medical research facility.

Report questions Chemung Economic Development groups

Mar 9, 2015
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A report from a New York State regulator calls into question the work of two Chemung County economic development groups. The state Authorities Budget Office (ABO) says that the Chemung County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) did not properly monitor or follow up on projects to which it granted tax breaks.

Local IDA’s are charged with job creation and helping the local economy by giving tax incentives to businesses.

The possibility of Interstate 81 someday being buried under Syracuse is still alive, but it’s hard to tell just how seriously state transportation planners are considering it. Businesses and suburban-centric officials have been pushing for a so-called hybrid replacement for Interstate 81.